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Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 20 July 2012 (UK)
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Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Robbins ... Himself - Narrator
Dan Neil Dan Neil ... Himself - Columnist, Wall Street Journal
Danny DeVito ... Himself - EV1 Driver
Ray Wert Ray Wert ... Himself - Editor, Jalopnik
Stephen Colbert ... Himself
Gavin Newsom ... Himself - Lieutenant Governor, California
Thomas Friedman ... Himself - Columnist, New York Times
Bob Lutz Bob Lutz ... Himself - Vice Chairman, GM
Evelyn Chiang Evelyn Chiang ... Herself - VP, Tesla Motors
Elon Musk ... Himself - CEO, Tesla Motors
Troy Nergaard Troy Nergaard ... Himself - Tesla Engineer
J.B. Straubel J.B. Straubel ... Himself - Chief Technical Engineer
Owen Thomas Owen Thomas ... Himself - Editor, Valleywag
Anthony Kiedis ... Himself - Musician
Jon Favreau ... Himself - Director, Iron Man


Revenge of the Electric Car presents the recent resurgence of electric vehicles as seen through the eyes of four pioneers of the EV revolution. Director Chris Paine (Who Killed the Electric Car? 2006) has had unprecedented access to the electric car research and development programs at General Motors, Nissan, and Tesla Motors, while also following a part time electric car converter who refuses to wait for the international car makers to create the electric cars the public demands. As more models of electric cars than ever before start to arrive in showrooms and driveways across the world, Chris Paine's film offers an inspiring, entertaining and definitive account of this revolutionary moment in human transportation. Revenge of the Electric Car follows these auto makers as they race each other to create the first, best, and most publicly accepted electric cars for the new car market. Written by Michelle Kaffko

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You can't kill an idea whose time has come.



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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 July 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La revanche de la voiture électrique See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,482, 23 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,307, 18 December 2011
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Follows Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006) See more »


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Written by Nicolas Chaix
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selective lesser doc than the original
1 June 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Director Chris Paine of 'Who Killed the Electric Car?' follows up with this documentary about 4 electric car programs starting from 2007. Bob Lutz from GM was anti-EV until he had a complete 180 switch and started pushing for the Volt. Entrapeneur Elon Musk is driving California upstart Tesla Motors. Carlos Ghosn is the hard-driving CEO of Nissan Renault developing the Leaf for the mass market. Gadget Abbott is doing small scale electric conversions of gasoline cars. The film follows the four separate approaches as they face ups-and-downs.

I don't like the title. It's too strident. It would be better as 'Return of the Electric Car'. It's kind of violent and it automatically lays claim that EVs are going to win over gasoline. Return would be less forceful and more correct. I also wonder why the movie limits to just those four cases. It could make passing references to other cars like the Prius especially since it mentions Toyota. It feels selective. Gadget Abbott's addition seems meaningless in the grand scheme of things. Did he even sell one car? It's a rather unimpressive documentary until the financial crisis hits. Then there are some drama with Elon Musk and GM. That part is interesting and gives something good to this selective doc. It doesn't have the same intensity as the first one which was a great diatribe against a good villain. This is more like an in-depth TV report on PBS.

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